Clive Palmer Questions WA Government Over CITIC Dispute

A disagreement has emerged between the Western Australian Government and Clive Palmer over the dispute between the mining magnate’s company, Mineralogy, and China’s CITIC Pacific.

State Premier Mark McGowan yesterday commented on a quarrel between Mineralogy and CITIC over a planned expansion of the Sino Iron project in the Pilbara.

According to a media report, the Premier warned Palmer that changes could be made to Mineralogy’s state agreement covering the project to help resolve the ongoing issue.

CITIC operates at the Sino Iron project through a lease agreement with Mineralogy and has a direct and indirect workforce of close to 3000 people at the site.

The relationship between the two companies has been delicate since it broke down following a disagreement over royalties that are supposedly owed to Palmer.